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For more than 15 years, the KIDS COUNT initiative, has produced data books filled with statistics reflecting the general well-being of children in each state. This Pocket Guide is designed to give state-level policymakers a better understanding of conditions faced by families in their large cities and how they compare to those in the large cities located in other states, as well as the country as a whole. This special KIDS COUNT Pocket Guide provides the kind of detailed, objective data needed to track and monitor the well-being of children in 71 large cities. The measures presented here provide information on the following: (1) Poverty; (2) Family structure; (3) Parental employment; (4) Housing affordability; and (5) Education. The data show that too many children growing up in large cities do not have the supports they need to become successful workers, responsible parents, and engaged citizens. Addressing--and resolving--issues facing disadvantaged children and families requires a combination of know-how, political will, and tangible resources. This publication contains a map, Data Sources, and Definition of Large Cities, City by City Data, and a directory of primary contacts for State KIDS COUNT Projects.

Descriptors: Urban Youth, Social Indicators, Children, Child Welfare, Well Being, Urban Areas, Poverty, Family Structure, Employed Parents, Housing, Access to Education

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Author: Annie E. Casey Foundation


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